Connecting people to place and each other
Knight Foundation works with partners who create or present art that engages, educates and delights residents in ways that reflect the rich diversity and identity of each community. We endeavor to make art general in Knight communities by funding anchor institutions seeking wider audiences and by supporting grassroots initiatives of individual artists and organizations. This two-pronged approach and our focus on specific communities increase the impact of our work.
We do not tell artists what to create or institutions what work to present. We fund artists and organizations that demonstrate the following strategic characteristics:
Knight’s arts program invests in artistic excellence, authenticity and inclusion and technological innovation in eight communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The program funds the arts in two ways:
Community Arts Grantmaking supports the vibrancy of the arts in Knight communities. From May 1 - June 16, 2017, Knight Foundation is accepting proposals for arts projects in Charlotte, Macon, Ga., Philadelphia and San Jose, Calif. Learn more.
The Knight Arts Challenge is a community-wide effort to find and fund the best ideas for the arts in Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Miami and St. Paul, Minnesota. The submission period for 2017 has ended. Look for the winning ideas in the fall. Learn more.